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What is a Dorgi? Meet the newest canine breed on the block

What is a Dorgi - image of a Dorgi dog outside standing on pavement next to potted plants and looking at the camera
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If you’re a fan of Queen Elizabeth or have been following the news lately then you may have found yourself asking the question what is a Dorgi? Up until recently, most of us had never heard the word before, but when the Queen received two Dorgi puppies back in February, pet parents were keen to find out more.

Fergus, named after the Queen’s late uncle, and Muick, named after a favorite spot near Balmoral Castle, were gifted to the Queen earlier this year while Prince Philip was in the hospital. 

Sadly, little Fergus died at the age of five months from an unknown illness just a month after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh. The Queen’s son, Prince Andrew, gifted a new Corgi puppy to his mother last week on what would have been his father’s 100th birthday. The new addition joins Dorgi Muick and fellow Corgi Candy.

The Queen has owned 30 Corgi’s over her lifetime, all of which are thought to have descended from the first Corgi she received on her 18th birthday. A keen breeder, she is thought to have been the one to introduce the Dorgi after breeding her Corgi Tiny with a Dachshund named Pipkin, which belonged to her sister, Princess Margaret.

Super cute and known to be extremely affectionate, loyal, energetic, and social, the Dorgi has a plump, long body with short legs and large, erect ears. Loving and devoted, they’re highly intelligent and tend to be obedient and easy to train.

The Dorgi is a true companion dog, which is likely why the Queen is so fond of them. Following the death of Prince Philip, she’s been spotted regularly walking her faithful friends around the grounds of Windsor Castle, where she’s been living during the pandemic. 

Up until recently, the Queen appeared reluctant to get any more pets, worried about outliving them and leaving them behind. But with so much heartache this year, it seems that being surrounded by canine companions is helping to bring some small moments of joy to a year that has been filled with sorrow. 

Kathryn is a freelance writer who has spent the past two years dividing her writing time between her two great loves - pets and health and wellness. When she’s not busy crafting the perfect sentence for her features, buying guides and news pieces, she can be found hanging out with one very mischievous Cocker Spaniel, drinking copious amounts of Jasmine tea and attempting to set numerous world records for the longest ever FaceTime calls with her family back home in NZ.